Carjacker dumps two youngsters at roadside
Two children — including a seven-month-old baby girl — were abandoned by the side of a busy road by a thief who stole their mother’s car from a filling station.
The woman had gone into the shop on the Newry Road outside Warrenpoint when the thief appeared. He drove the grey BMW — which included the woman’s 14-year-old son and seven-month-old baby — from the station forecourt while she was inside.
The children were unharmed and were found a short time later along the side of the Narrow Water Road — the main road between Newry and Warrenpoint.
A member of the public brought them back to the shop where they were reunited with their mother.
The theft occurred shortly after 9.30pm last Thursday night, but details were only released by the PSNI yesterday.
Sinn Fein councillor Michael Ruane, who is from Warrenpoint, said he was disgusted by the theft.
“To think anyone would drive away a car with two young children in the back and then dump them at the side of a busy road — you do wonder how low some people can stoop,” he said.
“This person had little thought about what could happen.
“That is an extremely busy road — it has HGVs passing on it regularly — and it is terrifying to think what might have happened.”
Local SDLP councillor Michael Carr said it was a “despicable” crime.
“It is bad enough to steal a car, but to take one with two children on board is appalling,” he said. “This must have been a terribly frightening experience for the children and also their mother. It is a despicable crime and a traumatic experience for all involved.”
South Down MLA PJ Bradley said people in Warrenpoint were stunned by the incident.
“This was a callous and vulgar attack that must have been traumatic for the mother and extremely frightening for her children,” he said.
Mr Carr said there had been several incidents of cars being stolen by opportunist thieves in the area and warned people to be careful about protecting their vehicles.
The stolen car was found across the border, in the Dundalk area, on Friday.
Police are investigating and want to speak to anyone who was at the filling station and noticed a blue Vauxhall Vectra with a number of men inside.
The thief, who is thought to be aged in his 20s, was described as bald and was wearing a raincoat over a blue hooded top.
Anyone with information should contact detectives on 0845 600 8000.